Edentata is the journal and newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Anteater, Sloth and Armadillo Specialist Group, now produced on a yearly basis. Edentata is the only periodical dedicated to publishing articles and reports on the ecology, distribution, and conservation of xenarthrans – among the least known of all mammal groups, and notoriously difficult to study in the wild. By helping to share information and stimulate exchange between xenarthran researchers, Edentata promotes both the science and conservation of the thirty extant species.

Edentata also provides a forum for reports on the care and breeding of captive xenarthrans, whose needs are specialized and often barely known. Edentata thus fulfills the additional role of communicating information among zoo professionals and other animal caretakers, as well as including them in the flow of information from field research.

Edentata is an electronic journal that is distributed by email and can be downloaded from the ASASG's website. We encourage our readers to share it among their colleagues and associates. Anyone may request to be added to the mailing list through our contact form. The full set of issues is presented here as a resource for students, researchers and anyone else interested in reading more about these unique and engaging animals.

The editorial board is composed of Mariella Superina (IMBECU, CCT CONICET Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina), Nadia de Moraes-Barros (Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade de Porto, CIBIO–Inbio, Porto, Portugal), Agustín M. Abba (Centro de Estudios Parasitológicos y de Vectores, CCT CONICET La Plata – UNLP, La Plata, Argentina), W. Jim Loughry (Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA, USA), and Roberto F. Aguilar (Departamento de Etología, Fauna Silvestre y Animales de Laboratorio de la Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México). Editorial assistance is provided by Helena Tadiello (Brazil).

Edentata adheres to the ethical standards of scientific publication as described in detail by Graf et al. 2007. (Graf, C., E. Wager, A. Bowman, S. Fiack, D. Scott-Lichter & A. Robinson. 2007. Best practice guidelines on publication ethics: a publisher's perspective. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 61(s152): 1–26) and requires all its contributors to meet these standards in order for their submissions to be considered for publication.

Anyone wishing to submit a manuscript or other item should follow the author guidelines, which are available below. All submissions may be sent to edentata@xenarthrans.org (Administrative address: IMBECU - CCT CONICET Mendoza, Casilla de Correos 855, Mendoza (5500), Argentina. Phone +54-261-5244160, Fax +54-261-5244001).

PLEASE NOTE: Edentata publishes articles and news items in English, Spanish and Portuguese. If you are submitting an article in a language that is not your birth language, please have it thoroughly reviewed by a native speaker of that language before submitting it to us.

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